The February dead period in recruiting lifted last weekend, and Tennessee took advantage by having a few visitors in town, most notably in-state linebacker Junior Colson and four-star edge rusher Jeremiah Williams. But this weekend is the first big visiting weekend since the end of the dead period, and schools across the country are hosting a number of their top targets. The Vols are no different, and their visitor list is headlined by a trio of highly-ranked prospects.
Five-star defensive tackle Payton Page confirmed last week that he would be in Knoxville for this upcoming weekend, and now two other high-profile prospects are known to be heading to UT’s campus.
According to Matt Ray of VR2, our recruiting partners here at RTI, five-star defensive end Dylan Brooks will be making yet another trip to see the Vols this weekend. Brooks has already visited Tennessee a number of times, most recently making the trip to Knoxville for a Junior Day event on January 18th. He unofficially visited the Vols three times during the 2019 season, once for the season opener, once for UT’s game against Georgia, and once for the Vols’ season finale against Vanderbilt.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound pass rusher from Roanoke, Alabama is rated as the No. 1 weak-side defensive end and No. 19 overall prospect in the 2021 cycle per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s visited Alabama a number of times as well, and he took an unofficial visit to Florida State last weekend.
But Brooks and Page won’t be the only big names on Tennessee’s campus.
Per Matt Ray of VR2, the No. 1 guard in the 2021 class, Dylan Fairchild, will also be in Knoxville this weekend. Tennessee extended an offer to Fairchild back at the end of August, and he made a trip to see the Vols take on Georgia State in the season opener.
At 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, Fairchild has the frame and versatility to play either guard or tackle at the next level. He’s rated as the No. 188 overall prospect and No. 1 guard in the 2021 class per 247Sports. The composite rankings list him as the No. 341 overall recruit and No. 20 guard.
The talented lineman from Cumming, Georgia holds offers from over a dozen schools, including Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Texas A&M, and Florida State among others.
Tennessee will have a number of other visitors in town this weekend, and those prospects are expected to be in attendance for the Vols’ match-up with No. 17 Auburn in men’s basketball on Saturday afternoon as well.
The Vols currently have five prospects committed to them in their 2021 class, and the class is headlined by four-star wide receiver Jordan Mosley. Vol commit Darrell Jackson is also in Knoxville for the weekend.